Trial Chamber VI of the Worldwide Prison Court docket unanimously sentenced Congolese warlord, Bosco Ntaganda to a complete of 30 years imprisonment.
Nevertheless, the time Mr Ntaganda has spent in detention on the ICC from 22 March 2013 to 7 November 2019 shall be deducted from this sentence. To make its choice, the Chamber acquired submissions from the events and members relating to the attainable sentence, heard witnesses and admitted proof, and held a listening to on the matter on 17-20 September 2019.
The Chamber thought-about the gravity of the crimes and the diploma of hurt attributable to every crime in addition to Ntaganda’s culpability, specifically his stage of intent and diploma of participation. The Chamber additionally thought-about doubtlessly mitigating circumstances however discovered them both not to be established or thought-about the load accorded to be too restricted to affect on the person and total sentences.
Whereas the Chamber did discover particular aggravating components to exist with respect to quite a lot of the crimes, it didn’t contemplate the allegations about witness interference, which had been introduced as aggravating circumstances by the Prosecution and one of many Authorized Consultant of Victims, as a result of the alleged interference was not confirmed to the usual required for aggravating circumstances, specifically past cheap doubt.
On the idea of its total evaluation, and in accordance with the Rome Statute, the Chamber imposed a selected sentence for every of the crimes dedicated by Mr Ntaganda. These sentences ranged from eight years to 30 years of imprisonment. As well as, the Chamber imposed a joint total sentence.
Because the Chamber thought-about that the situations warranting life imprisonment weren’t met, and since in such a state of affairs the entire interval of imprisonment could not exceed 30 years in accordance with the Rome Statute, the Chamber thought-about that it had no additional discretion within the willpower of the general joint sentence.
It due to this fact sentenced Bosco Ntaganda to a complete of 30 years of imprisonment. Within the circumstances of the case, considering the character and gravity of the crimes, in addition to Mr Ntaganda’s solvency, the Chamber didn’t contemplate it acceptable to additionally impose a positive or forfeiture of proceeds as well as to imprisonment.